Bethann Rooney

Assistant Director, Strategy & Innovation
Port Authority of NY & NJ

Bethann Rooney is the Deputy Director of the Port Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; the Nation’s third largest port. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operations functions of the Port, including facility management, infrastructure, planning, environmental sustainability, port efficiency, business development, finance, and human resources.  She was named to the position in April 2019 after serving four and a half years as Port’s Assistant Director, Strategy and Innovation.  She is the architect and coordinator of the Port’s Council on Port Performance; the first forum of its kind in the nation that was established as a framework for port constituents to identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and develop recommended solutions. Prior to that, Ms Rooney was the General Manager, Port Security for the Port Authority for 13 years.  Assuming this post in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, she is a recognised world leader in maritime security and emergency management issues.  A 28-year veteran in the maritime industry, she is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with a Masters in International Transportation and a Bachelors in Marine Transportation with qualifications as a Third Mate. Ms Rooney holds several professional certifications and is an Accredited Marine Port Executive from the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives.


Improving Efficiency & Transparency Through Connecting Ports and Operators
30th March 2021, 10:30AM – 11:45AM BST
Port authorities, terminal operators and their entire supply chains need to work together if they are going to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic world. This includes cooperating on big data, sustainability and adapting to a rapidly changing labour force and work culture, and much else. This session will examine how the maritime supply chain’s major stakeholders can benefit through joint action. Specific discussions include:

• How the increase of information exchange between agents has resolved problems and improved efficiency of delivery.